Former presidential candidate Ben Carson tailgates with voters

EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – It’s not everyday you see a former presidential candidate enjoying food and taking selfies during a college football tailgate.

While Dr. Ben Carson is visiting our state this weekend to show support for Donald Trump he also made it out to East Lansing to show support for his alma mater.

“I went to Michigan for medical school but I cheer for Michigan State, when they’re not playing Michigan,” said the very diplomatic Dr. Carson.

Football aside Dr. Carson says he hopes to send a message to one particular crowd ahead of November 8th.


He says it’s important for them to get out to the polls on Election Day.

One of the reasons why Saul Anuzis, the former chair of the Michigan Republican Party, invited him here.

“When Ben was in town we offered to have him come by and say hi to a lot of the college Republicans and others who are here.”

“I think a lot of them are starting to realize that this is their future we’re messing around with here,” added Dr. Carson.

There’s no question this election has come with a lot of controversy and instead of focusing on that Carson says voters should spend time finding a president whose policy works for everyone.

“The young people have been the focus of my life and my whole career, trying to give young people a second chance at life, a quality of life and that’s that’s still what we’re trying to do,” says the former candidate. “Trying to make sure that we have a country that work’s for them.”

Carson’s visit comes a couple days before Donald Trump’s visit to Michigan.

The Republican presidential nominee is expected to make a stop in the state on Monday.

Trump is scheduled for a series of campaign events in Michigan, including visiting Grand Rapids and Warren.

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